Dáil debates

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Building the Housing of the Future: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members]

 

The following motion was moved by Deputy Jan O’Sullivan on Wednesday, 10 April 2019:

Debate resumed on amendment No. 3:

- (Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government)

2:10 pm

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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I must now deal with a postponed division relating to the motion re building the housing of the future. On Wednesday, 10 April 2019 on the question, "That the amendment be agreed to", a division was claimed and in accordance with Standing Order 70(2), that division must be taken now.

Amendment again put:

The Dáil divided: Tá, 45; Níl, 74; Staon, 0.


Tellers: Tá, Deputies Seán Kyne and Tony McLoughlin; Níl, Deputies Brendan Ryan and Jan O'Sullivan.

Maria Bailey, Seán Barrett, Richard Bruton, Peter Burke, Catherine Byrne, Seán Canney, Ciarán Cannon, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Simon Coveney, Michael Creed, Jim Daly, John Deasy, Pat Deering, Paschal Donohoe, Andrew Doyle, Bernard Durkan, Damien English, Alan Farrell, Frances Fitzgerald, Charles Flanagan, Noel Grealish, Brendan Griffin, Martin Heydon, Paul Kehoe, Seán Kyne, Michael Lowry, Helen McEntee, Finian McGrath, Joe McHugh, Tony McLoughlin, Josepha Madigan, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Kevin Moran, Eoghan Murphy, Denis Naughten, Hildegarde Naughton, Tom Neville, Kate O'Connell, Patrick O'Donovan, John Paul Phelan, Michael Ring, Noel Rock, Shane Ross, Leo Varadkar, Katherine Zappone.

Níl

Gerry Adams, Bobby Aylward, Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett, John Brady, John Brassil, Declan Breathnach, Tommy Broughan, James Browne, Pat Buckley, Joan Burton, Thomas Byrne, Jackie Cahill, Dara Calleary, Pat Casey, Shane Cassells, Jack Chambers, Lisa Chambers, Michael Collins, Catherine Connolly, Barry Cowen, Seán Crowe, John Curran, Clare Daly, Pearse Doherty, Stephen Donnelly, Timmy Dooley, Dessie Ellis, Martin Ferris, Michael Fitzmaurice, Seán Haughey, Séamus Healy, Brendan Howlin, Gino Kenny, Martin Kenny, John Lahart, Marc MacSharry, Mattie McGrath, Michael McGrath, John McGuinness, Catherine Martin, Micheál Martin, Denise Mitchell, Aindrias Moynihan, Michael Moynihan, Imelda Munster, Margaret Murphy O'Mahony, Catherine Murphy, Eugene Murphy, Paul Murphy, Carol Nolan, Eoin Ó Broin, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Éamon Ó Cuív, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Darragh O'Brien, Jonathan O'Brien, Jim O'Callaghan, Willie O'Dea, Kevin O'Keeffe, Frank O'Rourke, Jan O'Sullivan, Maureen O'Sullivan, Willie Penrose, Maurice Quinlivan, Brendan Ryan, Eamon Ryan, Eamon Scanlon, Bríd Smith, Brian Stanley, Peadar Tóibín, Robert Troy, Mick Wallace.

Amendment declared lost.

2:20 pm

Photo of Aengus Ó SnodaighAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein)
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I move amendment No. 2:

To delete all words after “calls on the Government to:” and substitute the following:

“— dramatically increase the supply of social and affordable (including cost rental) housing by increasing capital spending on housing to €2.3 billion;

— increase Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 requirements to 20 per cent in standard developments, and 30 per cent in strategic development zones;

— prioritise the delivery of public housing on public land, and aggressively target the return of vacant houses to active use;

— ensure local authorities are fully-funded and staffed to carry out this ambitious public house building programme, as local authorities are best placed to democratically deliver social and affordable housing need;

— reduce the flow of adults and children into homelessness with emergency legislation to make it illegal for landlords, banks and investment funds to evict tenants and homeowners in mortgage distress into homelessness;

— provide real security of tenure and introduce a temporary rent freeze and measures to reduce the cost of rent;

— introduce a target for ending long-term homelessness and the need to sleep rough; and

— hold a referendum to enshrine the Right to Housing in the Constitution of Ireland.”

Amendment put:

The Dáil divided: Tá, 26; Níl, 92; Staon, 0.


Tellers: Tá, Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Denise Mitchell; Níl, Deputies Brendan Ryan and Jan O'Sullivan.

Gerry Adams, Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett, John Brady, Pat Buckley, Seán Crowe, Clare Daly, Pearse Doherty, Dessie Ellis, Martin Ferris, Séamus Healy, Gino Kenny, Martin Kenny, Denise Mitchell, Imelda Munster, Catherine Murphy, Paul Murphy, Jonathan O'Brien, Eoin Ó Broin, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Maurice Quinlivan, Bríd Smith, Brian Stanley, Mick Wallace.

Níl

Bobby Aylward, Maria Bailey, Seán Barrett, John Brassil, Declan Breathnach, Colm Brophy, Tommy Broughan, James Browne, Richard Bruton, Peter Burke, Joan Burton, Catherine Byrne, Thomas Byrne, Jackie Cahill, Dara Calleary, Seán Canney, Ciarán Cannon, Pat Casey, Shane Cassells, Jack Chambers, Lisa Chambers, Michael Collins, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Simon Coveney, Barry Cowen, Michael Creed, John Curran, Jim Daly, John Deasy, Pat Deering, Stephen Donnelly, Paschal Donohoe, Timmy Dooley, Andrew Doyle, Bernard Durkan, Damien English, Alan Farrell, Frances Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzmaurice, Charles Flanagan, Seán Fleming, Noel Grealish, Brendan Griffin, Seán Haughey, Martin Heydon, Brendan Howlin, Paul Kehoe, Seán Kyne, John Lahart, Michael Lowry, Marc MacSharry, Josepha Madigan, Catherine Martin, Micheál Martin, Helen McEntee, Finian McGrath, Mattie McGrath, Michael McGrath, John McGuinness, Joe McHugh, Tony McLoughlin, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Kevin Moran, Aindrias Moynihan, Michael Moynihan, Margaret Murphy O'Mahony, Eoghan Murphy, Eugene Murphy, Denis Naughten, Hildegarde Naughton, Tom Neville, Darragh O'Brien, Jim O'Callaghan, Kate O'Connell, Willie O'Dea, Patrick O'Donovan, Kevin O'Keeffe, Fiona O'Loughlin, Frank O'Rourke, Jan O'Sullivan, Éamon Ó Cuív, Willie Penrose, John Paul Phelan, Michael Ring, Noel Rock, Shane Ross, Brendan Ryan, Eamon Ryan, Eamon Scanlon, Robert Troy, Leo Varadkar, Katherine Zappone.

Amendment declared lost.

Photo of Richard Boyd BarrettRichard Boyd Barrett (Dún Laoghaire, People Before Profit Alliance)
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I move amendment No. 4:

To delete all words after “calls on the Government to:” and substitute with:

“— merge the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA), the Housing Agency, Housing Finance Agency and the Land Development Agency and all their land, resources and assets to establish a State-owned housing construction company, which will work with local authorities and other State and semi-State agencies to produce social and affordable housing on publicly-owned land;

— allocate €5 billion from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to the Irish housing construction company;

— allocate annual payments of €500 million to the Irish housing construction company rather than to the so-called ‘rainy day fund’;

— establish a State-led public housing fund in the Central Bank of Ireland, to allow credit unions to invest some or all of their approximately €14 billion in savings, so that this money can be used by the Irish housing construction company to develop social housing and affordable public housing;

— create through these means a fund of no less than €16 billion which can be invested to develop at least 80,000 units of social housing and affordable public housing on publicly-owned land over the next five years;

— immediately cease the sale or transfer of any and all publicly-owned land whether owned by local authorities, State or semi-State agencies;

— establish a retrofitting scheme, to ensure that all local authority housing is brought up to a high-energy rating in terms of good insulation and energy efficiency;

— raise the requirement to sell housing units at cost to the local authority under Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 from 10 per cent to 20 and 30 per cent in strategic development zones, and allow local authorities to choose which land or units to purchase at cost and ensuring in the case of purchase, the public homes are of the same standard and quality as the homes in the rest of the development and further empowering local authorities to impose severe penalties and sanctions on any private developer who shows evidence of land hoarding;

— support the development of housing co-operatives;

— immediately abolish the income eligibility thresholds for social housing so that people of all incomes can apply for social housing in order to ensure real social mix and to end the stigma around social housing;

— dramatically increase the supply of social and affordable (including cost rental) housing by increasing capital spending on housing to €2.3 billion;

— prioritise the delivery of public housing on public land, and aggressively target the return of vacant houses to active use;

— ensure local authorities are fully-funded and staffed to carry out this ambitious public house building programme, as local authorities are best placed to democratically deliver social and affordable housing need;

— reduce the flow of adults and children into homelessness with emergency legislation to make it illegal for landlords, banks and investment funds to evict tenants and homeowners in mortgage distress into homelessness;

— provide real security of tenure and introduce an emergency rent freeze and measures to reduce the cost of rent;

— introduce a target for ending long-term homelessness and the need to sleep rough; and

— hold a referendum to enshrine the Right to Housing in the Constitution of Ireland.”

Amendment put:

The Dáil divided: Tá, 18; Níl, 98; Staon, 1.


Tellers: Tá, Deputies Richard Boyd Barrett and Bríd Smith; Níl, Deputies Seán Kyne and Tony McLoughlin.

Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett, Tommy Broughan, Joan Burton, Catherine Connolly, Clare Daly, Séamus Healy, Brendan Howlin, Gino Kenny, Catherine Martin, Catherine Murphy, Paul Murphy, Jan O'Sullivan, Willie Penrose, Brendan Ryan, Eamon Ryan, Bríd Smith, Mick Wallace.

Níl

Gerry Adams, Bobby Aylward, Maria Bailey, Seán Barrett, John Brady, John Brassil, Declan Breathnach, Colm Brophy, James Browne, Richard Bruton, Pat Buckley, Peter Burke, Catherine Byrne, Thomas Byrne, Jackie Cahill, Dara Calleary, Seán Canney, Ciarán Cannon, Pat Casey, Shane Cassells, Jack Chambers, Lisa Chambers, Michael Collins, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Simon Coveney, Barry Cowen, Michael Creed, Seán Crowe, John Curran, Jim Daly, John Deasy, Pat Deering, Pearse Doherty, Stephen Donnelly, Paschal Donohoe, Timmy Dooley, Bernard Durkan, Dessie Ellis, Damien English, Alan Farrell, Martin Ferris, Frances Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzmaurice, Charles Flanagan, Seán Fleming, Noel Grealish, Brendan Griffin, Seán Haughey, Martin Heydon, Paul Kehoe, Martin Kenny, Seán Kyne, John Lahart, Michael Lowry, Marc MacSharry, Josepha Madigan, Micheál Martin, Helen McEntee, Finian McGrath, Michael McGrath, John McGuinness, Joe McHugh, Tony McLoughlin, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Denise Mitchell, Kevin Moran, Michael Moynihan, Imelda Munster, Margaret Murphy O'Mahony, Eoghan Murphy, Eugene Murphy, Denis Naughten, Hildegarde Naughton, Tom Neville, Darragh O'Brien, Jonathan O'Brien, Jim O'Callaghan, Kate O'Connell, Willie O'Dea, Patrick O'Donovan, Kevin O'Keeffe, Fiona O'Loughlin, Frank O'Rourke, Eoin Ó Broin, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Éamon Ó Cuív, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, John Paul Phelan, Maurice Quinlivan, Michael Ring, Noel Rock, Shane Ross, Eamon Scanlon, Brian Stanley, Robert Troy, Leo Varadkar, Katherine Zappone.

Staon

Mattie McGrath.

Amendment declared lost.

2:30 pm

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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I move amendment No.1:

To delete the following words:“ — allocate annual payments of €500 million to the Irish housing development bank rather than to the so-called ‘rainy day fund’;”

Amendment put:

The Dáil divided: Tá, 3; Níl, 111; Staon, 0.


Tellers: Tá, Deputies Eamon Ryan and Catherine Martin; Níl, Deputies Brendan Ryan and Jan O'Sullivan.

Catherine Martin, Denis Naughten, Eamon Ryan.

Níl

Bobby Aylward, Maria Bailey, Seán Barrett, Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett, John Brady, John Brassil, Declan Breathnach, Colm Brophy, Tommy Broughan, James Browne, Richard Bruton, Pat Buckley, Peter Burke, Joan Burton, Catherine Byrne, Thomas Byrne, Jackie Cahill, Dara Calleary, Seán Canney, Ciarán Cannon, Pat Casey, Shane Cassells, Jack Chambers, Lisa Chambers, Michael Collins, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Simon Coveney, Barry Cowen, Michael Creed, Seán Crowe, John Curran, Clare Daly, Jim Daly, John Deasy, Pat Deering, Pearse Doherty, Paschal Donohoe, Timmy Dooley, Bernard Durkan, Dessie Ellis, Damien English, Alan Farrell, Martin Ferris, Frances Fitzgerald, Michael Fitzmaurice, Charles Flanagan, Seán Fleming, Noel Grealish, Brendan Griffin, Seán Haughey, Séamus Healy, Martin Heydon, Brendan Howlin, Paul Kehoe, Gino Kenny, Martin Kenny, Seán Kyne, John Lahart, Michael Lowry, Marc MacSharry, Josepha Madigan, Micheál Martin, Helen McEntee, Finian McGrath, Mattie McGrath, Michael McGrath, John McGuinness, Joe McHugh, Tony McLoughlin, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Denise Mitchell, Kevin Moran, Aindrias Moynihan, Michael Moynihan, Imelda Munster, Margaret Murphy O'Mahony, Eoghan Murphy, Eugene Murphy, Paul Murphy, Hildegarde Naughton, Tom Neville, Darragh O'Brien, Jonathan O'Brien, Jim O'Callaghan, Kate O'Connell, Willie O'Dea, Patrick O'Donovan, Kevin O'Keeffe, Fiona O'Loughlin, Frank O'Rourke, Jan O'Sullivan, Eoin Ó Broin, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Éamon Ó Cuív, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Willie Penrose, John Paul Phelan, Maurice Quinlivan, Michael Ring, Noel Rock, Shane Ross, Brendan Ryan, Eamon Scanlon, Bríd Smith, Brian Stanley, Robert Troy, Leo Varadkar, Mick Wallace, Katherine Zappone.

Amendment declared lost.

Question put: "That the motion be agreed to."

The Dáil divided: Tá, 56; Níl, 60; Staon, 0.


Tellers: Tá, Deputies Brendan Ryan and Jan O'Sullivan; Níl, Deputies Seán Kyne and Tony McLoughlin.

Bobby Aylward, Mick Barry, Richard Boyd Barrett, John Brassil, Declan Breathnach, Tommy Broughan, James Browne, Joan Burton, Thomas Byrne, Jackie Cahill, Dara Calleary, Pat Casey, Shane Cassells, Jack Chambers, Lisa Chambers, Michael Collins, Catherine Connolly, Barry Cowen, John Curran, Clare Daly, Timmy Dooley, Michael Fitzmaurice, Seán Fleming, Noel Grealish, Seán Haughey, Séamus Healy, Brendan Howlin, Gino Kenny, John Lahart, Marc MacSharry, Catherine Martin, Micheál Martin, Mattie McGrath, Michael McGrath, John McGuinness, Aindrias Moynihan, Michael Moynihan, Margaret Murphy O'Mahony, Catherine Murphy, Eugene Murphy, Paul Murphy, Darragh O'Brien, Jim O'Callaghan, Willie O'Dea, Kevin O'Keeffe, Fiona O'Loughlin, Frank O'Rourke, Jan O'Sullivan, Éamon Ó Cuív, Willie Penrose, Brendan Ryan, Eamon Scanlon, Bríd Smith, Peadar Tóibín, Robert Troy, Mick Wallace.

Níl

Gerry Adams, Maria Bailey, Seán Barrett, John Brady, Colm Brophy, Richard Bruton, Pat Buckley, Peter Burke, Catherine Byrne, Seán Canney, Ciarán Cannon, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Simon Coveney, Michael Creed, Seán Crowe, Jim Daly, John Deasy, Pat Deering, Pearse Doherty, Paschal Donohoe, Bernard Durkan, Dessie Ellis, Damien English, Alan Farrell, Martin Ferris, Frances Fitzgerald, Charles Flanagan, Brendan Griffin, Simon Harris, Martin Heydon, Paul Kehoe, Martin Kenny, Seán Kyne, Michael Lowry, Josepha Madigan, Helen McEntee, Finian McGrath, Tony McLoughlin, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Denise Mitchell, Kevin Moran, Imelda Munster, Eoghan Murphy, Denis Naughten, Hildegarde Naughton, Tom Neville, Jonathan O'Brien, Kate O'Connell, Patrick O'Donovan, Eoin Ó Broin, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, John Paul Phelan, Maurice Quinlivan, Michael Ring, Noel Rock, Shane Ross, Brian Stanley, Leo Varadkar, Katherine Zappone.

Question declared lost.